The Great Debate – Big Nips or Big Tits?


By Elizabeth Shore

So, here we are, heading down the final stretch of insanity that has defined this year’s presidential election. Tonight, if you choose, you can strap yourself in to endure listen to the last of the three debates between our two major party hopefuls. And yet…why? Why would you do that to yourselves, peeps? Do you really want to sit there cringing as verbal slings and arrows are hurled back and forth like so much steaming cow dung?

Ahhh…lemme think. No. Hell no. At the same time, it’s debate night, the opportunity we get from living in a free society to hash out some issues. All well and good, so I say let’s debate…but make it Lady Smut style.

As Kiersten Hallie Krum mentioned in her Monday post, I was at the fabulous New Jersey Put Your Heart in a Book annual conference last weekend. Lots of laughs, lots of drinks (wretched margaritas aside), and useful workshops galore. But let’s be clear. This was a gathering of romance writers, those ladies (and sprinkle of men) who write about and think about eternal love and scorching hot lust and craft those thoughts into deliciously wicked stories. So it should come as no surprise that at the conference, I overheard a conversation between a few writers that I’m submitting as fare fodder for our Lady Smut debate. Tonight’s topic: if forced to make a choice, do men overall prefer their ladies with large, robust nipples on small breasts or big, plush breasts with small nipples? Put that question in your pipe and smoke it, Chris Wallace.

I posed this question to a panel of esteemed experts – my guy friends. Now, admittedly, it put them a bit on the spot. Do they answer truthfully, or do they tell me what they think I want to hear? In fairness, I think they gave me the straight dope, and overwhelmingly the answer was, it doesn’t matter. Big and small, they like them all. Yeah, OK. But still…

Ever the intrepid Lady Smutter, I delved deeper, thinking some historical data may prove useful. An article in Time magazine pointed out that the U.S. issued its first patent on the modern bra a little over 100 years ago, on November 3, 1914. It was initially meant to alleviate the discomfort of “the girls” just silently swinging with no support. But in 1948 Frederick’s of Hollywood gave us the first push-up bra and the modest little garment was no longer relegated to mere practical clothing but rather an alluring enhancement meant to entice. Entice the viewer of breasts, that is, thus giving credence to the argument that it’s the big breasts men want, nipples be damned.

But not so fast! One of my guy friends actually did take a stand, firm in his opinion that big nipples on small breasts out-trumps (zing!) large breasts with small nipples “every time.” Further, he stated, “natural breasts are always better than fake.” Size, in this case, truly doesn’t matter. Backing up his conviction was an article I found from our friends at Psychology Today discussing men’s “complex feelings about women’s breasts.”

The article’s author, Michael Castelman, says that for him personally, when he found a woman who was kind, willing to put up with him, and willing to remove her bra, he was so grateful that he “thoroughly enjoyed anything that fell out of them.” Good on ya, Michael.

His article does cite a couple of studies showing men’s preference toward larger breasts. But it’s not as straightforward as one might assume. Taking a trip back in time, evolutionary psychology suggests men’s preference for larger breasts is embedded in the belief that large breasts indicate a well-fed woman, who in turn would be better suited to bear children than her lean breasted (read: under-nourished) counterpart. Transporting that to today’s time, Castleman cites a study of 66 Englishmen who ranged from hungry to well-fed and who were shown photos of women’s breasts. The hungry ones preferred the larger breasted women, while the ones fully sated went for the smaller breasts. On a socio-economic scale, there are studies similarly showing that wealthy men prefer smaller chested women (thus, Castleman points out, rich guys going for skinny, smll-breasted models).

Yeah, but back to our debate. Large breasts, small nipples or small breasts, large nipples? A writer who dubs himself “Dr. Tickles” wrote in an article for AskMen.com, “I have to say the girl with a small pair of nipples would have to be amazing in almost every way because big nipples simply drive me crazy and frankly, I don’t think it’s something I can do without.”

Huh. Well, I dare say we might have to declare a tie. Truth is, we all have our preferences. One gal’s Brad Pitt is another’s Pee Wee Herman. As for the guys, while Dr. Tickles goes nuts over nips, his buddy may well prefer the more lushly endowed. At the end of the day, as one of my friends put it, “all breasts are lovely.”

Elizabeth Shore writes both contemporary and historical erotic romance. Her newest book is an erotic historical novella, Desire Rising, from The Wild Rose Press. Other releases include Hot Bayou Nights and The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires

 

 

 

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3 Comments

  • Madeline Iva
    October 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Why have I never even thought of the idea of small nipples before? How small is small? Do we ever see them? Large nipples I get. Large nipples can definitely seem more erotic, I get that.

    Except on men. I am shockingly picky about nipples on men–especially where they are placed on the man’s chest. Too low, too far to the side, too odd looking…too fringed with too much hair…I hope no men are reading this.

    I really adore it when men are like: whatever about women physically. Preference is such a capitalist construct. One thing I love about romance is when readers are like: I love so many romance sub-genres. Yes! Me too! There are tons of flavors out in the world. The more we allow ourselves to admit to wide tastes the more accepting and happy I think we all will be.

    That said, I’ll try to be more nipple-positive when it comes to all those gorgeous bare-chested models on our romance covers, *cough* like mine *cough*.

    • Elizabeth Shore
      October 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      A gal pal of mine says she feels self-conscious about her nipples because she thinks they’re too small. Her boyfriend, however, doesn’t seem to be complaining. All I know is that I’ve read time and again that what really turns guys on, beyond any single physical attribute, is a woman feeling and acting confident about what she’s got. That, men say, is the sexiest thing of all.

  • Kel
    October 21, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    I feel like this is false-equivalence… like asking “Do you like detached earlobes or small feet”… there may be some correlation, but they don’t actually go together. Then there’s the issue of nipple contraction – nipples appear smaller when erect, so the more excited (or cold, let’s be honest) one is, the smaller the nipple appearance is. Could that skew the data? I mean, a guy who likes “excited” would then like “smaller” nipples, not because he likes them smaller, but because he likes it when his (potential) partner is turned on. And let’s not even get into colour, or shape, or placement, or any of the other factors that go into just appearance of nipples/breasts…

    Breasts are complicated. People’s feelings about them are fairly simple.

    Boobies! Yay!

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